Fort Stevens to Cape Lookout

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9.9.08 Fort Stevens State Park to Cape Lookout State Park

 

What do the following things have in common?

  • Fort Stevens military barracks
  • A hulking, iron shipwreck on the beach
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast
  • An enormous Sitka tree, called “The Octopus Tree
  • The Tillamook Cheese factory
  • A HUGE blimp hanger that’s now an Air Museum
  • The Schooner’s Restaurant with local seafood

 

They are all places we explored today on our Oregon coastline Hwy 101 expedition!

 

Direct mileage was only about 71 miles south, but what a terrific day of new experiences and beautiful sights!

 

The kids plugged away on school while we drove:  Jazy is reading 30 pages a day in her history book (which takes a few hours), Charles is reading “The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”, and Lia finished her historical fiction book on Seamon, the big dog who went along on the L&C Expedition, as well as practicing her math facts on the Flashmaster.

Fort Stevens Battery
  We also stop for all the interpretive boards and historical markers along the way.  They are learning much!

 

Did you know that a Murre seabird can dive 600 feet into the water for fish, hold its breath for 4 minutes, takes 2 days of peering over the cliff to work up the nerve for its first flight, and can "fly" through the water with its sturdy wings?   They also snug together so tightly on the rocks that they've learned certain behaviors for cooperating in such a crowded space, including a special walk to get through crowded places!  Fascinating seabirds about which we knew very little prior to today!  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/164/_/target.aspx

 

It was another stunningly beautiful day as we drove along the Oregon Coast. 

  • At times, the fog near the water gave that “calendar-postcard” look of the romantic Pacific crashing against the rocky shoreline. 
  • Other views were of dense green trees forming a canopy over the narrow roads to the coast. 
  • Another memory was driving suddenly through sand dunes, probably half a mile or more from the coastline.
    Tillamook Cheese Factory
      It’s dune-buggy heaven, although it was too late in the evening for that. 
  • Final view was walking the beach tonight with the sun setting over the ocean and the half-moon bright in the sky, a brisk wind blowing in the fading warmth

 

We’re just a sand dune away from the ocean tonight and I can hear the roar of the ocean right now.  Cape Lookout State Park is directly on the coast. 

 

We were reminded today in all our activities, with the beautiful weather and scenery, just how very lucky we are to be out here experiencing the best of life.   The Oregon Coast is amazing!

 

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Fort Stevens Battery
Fort Stevens Battery
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
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Tillamook Cheese Factory has ice …
Beautiful tree-lined roads to the …
Beautiful tree-lined roads to the…
Murre info board
Murre info board
Lighthouse at Meares SP
Lighthouse at Meares SP
Beautiful Jazy and Oregon Coast
Beautiful Jazy and Oregon Coast
Run for the beach- Cape Lookout St…
Run for the beach- Cape Lookout S…
Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park
Dinner at Schooners
Dinner at Schooner's
Charles pizza research
Charles' pizza research
Homemade clam chowder
Homemade clam chowder
Crab cakes and seafood-stuffed por…
Crab cakes and seafood-stuffed po…
Blimp hanger
Blimp hanger
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Relative size- where's Ciao Baby?
Sunset
Sunset
Strange sand dunes by road, away f…
Strange sand dunes by road, away …
Sitka Spruce tree
Sitka Spruce tree
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